WEEKDAY EDITION: Friday and 17 degrees at 6am,
feeling like winter...
The world has changed, I take care of my grandkids, 5 and
8, after school a few days a week and the stuff I hear they
are learning (or being brainwashed) makes me realize if I live long enough I will
be living in a snowflake designed Disney World. I had the
kids in the truck the other day and a woman smoking and on
her damn iphone cut me off in her little bright yellow
shitbox Mini Cooper...I beeped and said something about
running over her little shit box and Sadie says to me "Papa,
would you want someone calling your car a little shit box,
how would you feel? Well..." I got reprimanded by an 8 year
old! I got a 5 minute lecture on respect and feelings....I
wanted to say, I would have immensely enjoyed running
over and flattening the shit out of the little liberal
snowflake's car and iphone but it didn't seem like the time
to bring it up...
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FCC Proposes $25,000 Fine for Breaking Now-Voluntary
The FCC has proposed fining Acuity Brands Inc. of Atlanta,
Georgia, $25,000 for apparently marketing radio frequency
devices that were not labeled in accordance with Commission
Part 18 rules at the time. The FCC issued a Notice of
Apparent Liability (NAL) on November 21. Compliance with the
particular rule at issue now is voluntary.
“Specifically, Acuity marketed three models of
consumer-grade electronic fluorescent lighting ballasts —
two since 2006 and one since 2009 — that did not have the
FCC logo affixed to them,” the FCC said in the NAL.
Application of the FCC logo, which the FCC no longer
requires, was to inform purchasers that a device had
undergone compliance testing. The FCC also said Acuity
continued to market two models of the ballasts at issue for
approximately 6 months after being notified, causing the
Commission to up the penalt
“We take this action today as part of our duty to ensure
that radio frequency devices are marketed in accordance with
the Commission’s rules,” the FCC said. “Consistent with this
goal, we find it necessary to enforce the rules requiring
that devices subject to equipment authorization are properly
labeled to inform a consumer that such devices have been
tested for compliance under the Commission’s technical
rules, because those devices could easily cause interference
if they do not conform to those rules.
In January 2016, the Office of Engineering and Technology (OET)
conducted tests on Acuity’s AccuPro Model AP-RC-432IP-120-1
fluorescent lighting ballast after receiving complaints of
interference said to have been caused by the ballasts. The
matter was referred to the FCC Enforcement Bureau, to
determine whether Acuity marketed the model at issue before
receiving equipment authorization. In a Letter of Inquiry,
the Bureau directed Acuity to submit a sworn written
response to questions regarding its “marketing of
potentially non-compliant fluorescent lighting ballasts
Afootnote in the NAL points out that the use of the FCC logo
became voluntary on November 2, but Accuity’s alleged
violations occurred before that. The FCC adopted a rule that
allows the FCC logo to be physically placed on a device at
the discretion of the responsible party consistent with
§18.209, but “only if [the] device complies with the
applicable equipment authorization rules.” Presence of the
logo “will not obviate the need to provide required
compliance information or maintain pertinent records related
to device testing,” the FCC said in adopting the change
Acuity submitted test reports showing that the two types of
fluorescent lighting ballasts it markets did comply with
relevant technical requirements, but the company conceded
that three models of its consumer-grade lighting ballasts
did not have an FCC logo affixed for nearly 10 years.
After receiving the LOI, the FCC said, Acuity “took
preliminary steps to bring the labeling of the subject
ballasts into compliance.”
Looks like a good time was had
by all at HRO today for lunch on Thursday...I missed a good one.....
Photo on the left is today, the
photo on the right is few years old...
same two guys with the same drink....some
things never change!
left: John and Warren...
right: Bob- "Mud Duck" from the Cape Cod Canal
A new addition to the page is recommended xmas gifts,
endorsed by the infamous "Mud Duck" from the Cape Cod
Canal...It seems Bob may start a spinoff group from the Bull
Net due to his recent rise in fame, a new Mud Duck Net
complete with certificates is under consideration. What will
he call his followers? Muck-ettes.....Space
Teddy has been found safe and well - but he's stuck up a
tree and faces a night alone in the bush before he can be
rescued....A 'Rock Comet' is approaching Earth You've
heard of comets. But have you ever heard of a rock comet?
They exist, and a big one is approaching Earth this week.
3200 Phaethon will fly past our planet on Dec. 16th only 10
million km away. Measuring some 5 km in diameter, it is
large enough for amateur astronomers to photograph through
backyard telescopes. Moreover, this strange object is the
parent of the annual Geminid meteor shower, which is also
coming this week. Sky watchers can see dozens of Geminids
per hour on Dec. 13th and 14th as gravelly bits of the rock
comet disintegrate in Earth's upper atmosphere.
The "Duck" endorses these gloves
sessions on the afternoon 75 meter Bull Net....
no more cold hands from that iced beverage or
The "Duck" finds talking and
drinking a lot easier with this
handy tip drink dispenser in the shack...gives you
more time for
making a lot of noise...
Radio Anniversaries Abound in
December is the month in which three notable events in radio
history occurred — the first radio transmission heard across
the Atlantic Ocean in 1901, the first broadcast of the human
voice and music in 1906, and the first successful
transatlantic Amateur Radio HF transmissions in 1921.
Marconi's 1901 Transatlantic Transmission
On December 12, 1901, Italian wireless pioneer Guglielmo
Marconi succeeded in receiving the first transatlantic radio
signal, transmitted from Poldhu, in Cornwall, England, to
St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Marconi’s team in Cornwall
transmitted the letter “S” in Morse code, and this was heard
by Marconi and his assistant George Kemp at a facility set
up in Cabot Tower on Signal Hill in St. John’s. On the
Cornwall side, Marconi had erected a powerful spark-gap
transmitter feeding a massive antenna. The receiving team
used a kite antenna. The experiment proved that radio
signals could be transmitted beyond the line of sight,
opening the door to global wireless communication.
An article in the December 2007 issue of QST suggested that
absorption may have been less in 1901 than in the 21st
century, perhaps contributing to the success of the feat,
which occurred during daylight on the Canadian end.
Fessenden's 1906 Broadcast from Brant Rock
On Christmas Eve 1906, experimenter Reginald Fessenden made
what may have been the first radio broadcast to include
speech and music. The transmission originated at Brant Rock,
Massachusetts, about 30 miles from Boston.
As he’s done in year’s past, Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, of
Forest, Virginia, will commemorate that first audio
broadcast by operating WI2XLQ on 486 kHz this month, marking
the 111th anniversary of the Fessenden’s accomplishment.
Historic accounts say Fessenden played the violin — or a
recording of violin music — and read a brief Bible verse,
astounding radio experimenters and shipboard operators who
heard the broadcast.
“Since we now have a ham band on 630 meters, I will have a
shorter transmission period this year that will only cover
the Christmas holiday,” Justin told ARRL. That’s because he
hopes to be active on the new band himself.
Justin will begin his transmission on December 24 at 1700
UTC and continue until December 26 at 1659 UTC. For his
transmitter in 1906, Fessenden used an ac alternator
modulated by placing carbon microphones in series with the
antenna feed line. Justin’s homebuilt station is slightly
more modern, based on a 1921 vacuum tube master oscillator
power amplifier (MOPA) design, using a UV-202 tube. The
transmitter employs Heising AM modulation, developed by
Raymond Heising during World War I.
The ARRL Transatlantic Tests Revisited
In 1921, ARRL sponsored two series of transatlantic tests to
see if signals from previously qualified Amateur Radio
stations could be heard at a receiving station in Ardrossan,
Scotland. The second series succeeded, with several ham
stations heard on the receiving end, using equipment far
superior to what had been available to Marconi just 20 years
earlier. “The Story of the Transatlantics” chronicled the
events in the February 1922 issue of QST, to great fanfare.
As Mike Marinaro, WN1M, recounted in “The Transatlantic
Tests,” in May 2014 QST, the first signal “unofficially”
heard in Scotland was actually that of a pirate, identifying
as 1AW and not using the prearranged transmission format.
The “rough listening post” in Scotland, staffed by receiver
designer Paul Godley and D.E. Pearson of the Marconi
Company, was equipped with a superheterodyne and
regenerative receiver connected to a 1,300-foot Beverage
antenna, 12 feet above ground.
On December 10, the CW signals of official entry 1BCG, owned
by Minton Cronkhite, “were solidly heard on 230 to 235
meters,” Marinaro wrote in 2014. “This signal derived from
the specially designed and constructed station of the Radio
Club of America at Greenwich, Connecticut — the only station
heard that morning.”
Connecticut radio amateur and radio history buff Clark
Burgard, N1BCG, will be among those celebrating the 96th
anniversary of the first transatlantic shortwave
transmission in Greenwich, Connecticut. Several other
stations will take part by establishing contacts between the
US and Europe, including GM7VSB in Ardrossan, Scotland.
January 2018 QST Debuts Fresh, New Design
QST -- ARRL's monthly member journal -- is more than a
century old, and with the major exception of color printing
throughout the magazine starting in December 2000, it’s
remained mostly unchanged for the past couple of decades.
Starting with the January 2018 issue of QST, now available
to members in digital form, several noticeable changes are
being made to the journal’s format, design, and size. QST
Editor and Publications Manager Steve Ford, WB8IMY, said
member feedback over the last few years, has hinted at
“significant shifts in media preferences within the Amateur
Radio community.” Extensive research undertaken late last
year, “revealed an undeniable mandate for change,” Ford
“The majority of you told us that the ‘look’ of QST was
becoming stale, that it wasn’t in step with modern
publications,” Ford said in editorial remarks in the January
2018 issue. “You also told us that you desired different
types of articles that spoke more to the needs of the
average amateur. We’ve heard you – and we are responding.”
Ford said that starting with the January 2018 issue, QST
will sport a modern, eye-catching design, and will be easier
to read. The journal has been trimmed slightly to 144 pages
per issue (in addition to covers), plus a smaller size to
match the 8 × 10.5-inch publishing industry standard. The
current QST trim size is nonstandard.
“These changes will create significant savings for us in the
cost of ink and paper, and will save even more on postage,
which is one of our largest expenses,” Ford explained,
adding that cost savings will fund the development “of more
of the types of the articles you’ve told us you want” as
well as to provide more engaging social media content. In
addition, fewer pages will let the editorial staff focus
greater attention on each issue’s content.
Ford said League members have indicated a preference for
articles that provide practical, immediately usable
information, guide readers to new activities, and tell more
about what radio amateurs are doing — with an emphasis on
personal stories that inspire.
“While we will continue to publish QST in digital form each
month, our research, and the research conducted by other
publishers, has shown that a clear majority of readers still
prefer books and magazines printed on paper, and so do our
advertisers,” Ford said. “So, thanks to the support of our
advertisers, we will continue to publish QST on paper for
the foreseeable future.”
Ford said additional changes are possible. “As your needs
change, we will, too,” he concluded.
WEEKEND EDITION: My wife had a kidney stone
procedure, was supposed to be home the same day...not. They
put in a stent and laser blasted some kidney stones but she
had some complications and she spent the night in the
hospital. She is home and resting comfortably with the help
of some of the finest opiates known to mankind. Not a peep
from her in 5 hours, she is out like a light. I could order
an Icom 7610 right now and get away with it.....but I would
hate myself in the morning....not.....QST is under
revision, smaller size to save money and 10 percent less
pages....and of course the same price. According to their
survey, that is what we wanted. Ten percent less articles
and the same amount of advertising, articles only an EE can
understand and build....yep, you guys have a handle on it!
Wayne Greed and 73 Magazine had it figured out, despite the
ego and bullshit from Wayne, lots of stuff you could make
and use in the shack and presented nicely. These 6 figure
executives from the ARRL with terrific benefits and travel
allowances need to get a grip of themselves...they are lucky
they have no competition and a good amount of hams are
smucks, never voice their opinion to the people that need to
hear it, and happily settle for less.
HAMKit - Amateur Radio, Television and
Electronics Projects and Kits
The HAMKit website has had an update as we launch our Shop,
new Products, Wiki and News pages.
The electronic construction kits are suitable for home
enthusiasts, clubs and groups, so great for the looming
Further details maybe found on our website
on our Facebook page
RADIO CAROLINE COMES ASHORE WITH A LICENSE
CHRISTIAN/ANCHOR: Pirate radio fans, listen up: Radio
Caroline is now licensed and on shore, as Jeremy Boot G4NJH
JEREMY: It's almost as if the old Ross Revenge pirate ship
has come ashore - except this time things are different.
Radio Caroline hasn't just come ashore from its pirate ship,
it's now legally riding waves of a different kind: radio
waves. Licensed now by Ofcom, the former world-renowned
former pirate radio station reports it's been getting great
reception with its 1 kilowatt ERP operation on 648 kHz. That
frequency was at one time allocated to the BBC for its world
service broadcasts, mostly in English. It was granted
earlier this year to Radio Caroline.
Transmissions can either originate from studios on land or
on the restored Ross Revenge ship moored in the River
Blackwater where those interested can even take a trip out
to visit the ship for just 25 pounds - full details on the
radiocaroline DOT co DOT uk website.
The medium wave frequency seems to suit it well. By its own
reports, it's been heard in Italy and Finland and even
Japan. Signal quality has also been encouraging, the
operators say. They are even being inundated with offers to
send mp3 recordings of their transmissions - an offer they
are, for now, politely declining. Reception reports,
however, can be submitted on their website radiocaroline dot
co dot uk (radiocaroline.co.uk)
AN ON-AIR PARTY ROCKS WITH NEW MODE FT8
CHRISTIAN: Get ready to party. The weekend of December 16th
and 17th is set aside for the European Radio Amateurs'
Organization event on the air which - this year - features
operations on FT8, one of ham radio's newest modes.
Make your contacts, exchange your callsign, locator and give
your signal report but remember, it's not a contest - it's
more like a radio meet-up. There will be a certificate of
participation for amateurs who send their log with at least
10 percent of the QSOs confirmed. Logs are being kept to
gather statistical data only and should be submitted in ADIF
format to: party at eurao dot org, using your call sign as
the name of the file. (email@example.com)
FT8 mode, which was still in beta-testing mode this summer,
is considered a good mode for HF DXing. It is often used in
situations such as multi-hop Es where openings may be short
and signals may be weak and fading. QSOs can often be made
This is the first party of its kind being held by the group
and members are hoping that FT8 will give hams something to
NORWEGIAN CLUB CELEBRATES TELEFUNKEN TRANSMITTER
CHRISTIAN/ANCHOR: One ham club in Norway gave a bit of a
history lesson to on-air listeners with the help of a very
old transmitter. Jeremy Boot G4NJH has that story.
JEREMY: There's no transmitter like an old transmitter and
what better way to celebrate one that went into service 80
years ago than to get it back on the air. That's what a
group of hams in Norway did on Sunday the 26th of November
with the Telefunken LW/MW transmitter station, an old
medium-wave broadcasting station outside Bergen, Norway.
The Bergen Amateur Radio Club LA1ASK reports that their
listener response from that day's activation from the
station site came from radio enthusiasts in the UK, Finland
- and beyond.
The hams were marking the transmitter's first day on the air
- which was the 28th of November in 1937. The club's shack
is inside the broadcast station which is considered a museum
site and so a number of its transmissions, such as this one,
are done in the interest of preserving history. As for the
Telefunken 20 KW transmitter, it was finally taken out of
service in 1978 and is apparently the only one of its kind
Club station LA1ASK uses much more modern equipment: an
IC7600 and an Acom PA. The club is active on the bands from
160 meters to 10 meters. There is also a connection through
from Echolink. The station sometimes uses the call sign LA1C
when it is active on behalf of the Norwegian Relay League.
HONORING INDIANA HAMS FOR LONGEVITY
CHRISTIAN/ANCHOR: Here's another story of longevity -- this
time, it's about two ham radio operators in Indiana. They're
marking 60 years on the air. Jack Parker W8ISH brings us
this report courtesy of Amateur News Weekly.
JACK'S REPORT: It's always nice to be recognized for making
amateur radio an outstanding hobby. Two Indiana hams were
recognized recently by the Northwest DX Club for longevity.
The Northwest DX Club presented two of their own with
certificates for achieving 60 years of amateur radio
participation. The awards went to Jerry Hess W9KTP and Alex
Kostelnik K9KAN. Group president John Poindexter W3ML
presented the awards. Reporting for Amateur News Weekly this
is Jack Parker W8ISH.
CANADA REVIEWS HAND-HELD RULE FOR DRIVERS
CHRISTIAN/ANCHOR: In Canada, it's almost decision time:
Officials are looking at handheld radio use behind the
wheel. Heather Embee KB3TZD has the details.
HEATHER: On January 1st, the five-year exemption permitting
drivers' handheld use of two-way radios in Ontario, Canada
is set to expire.
Radio Amateurs of Canada has been waiting to hear from the
Ontario Ministry of Transportation about the fate of the
exemption from the province's Distracted Driving Law.
RAC Directors Allan Boyd, V-E-3-A-J-B, and Phil McBride,
V-A-3-Q-R, had met with Ontario Transportation officials
earlier this year and declared the session productive but
are still awaiting word of what will happen.
The RAC has formed a committee to work with both Ontario and
British Columbia, both of which have distracted-driving
regulations. In British Columbia, amateurs have been
permitted since February of this year to drive while
operating radios that have push-to-talk buttons.
According to the RAC's website, there will be a decision on
the Ontario regulations prior to the 1st of January and the
RAC has pledged to issue a bulletin as soon as there
(RADIO AMATEURS OF CANADA)
WORLD OF DX
In the world of DX, listen for Jacques, F6HMJ, operating as
6W7/F6HMJ from Senegal
between December 21st and January 15th. He will be active
using CW with some SSB on 20-10 meters. Send QSLs via his
Off the Senegal coast, a group of four operators is using
the call sign 6V1A from Goree Island between December 15th
and 17th. Listen for them on CW and SSB on all HF bands.
According to the most recent 6V1A page on QRZ all QSLs
should be sent to: Post Office Box 971, Dakar, Senegal.
Lester, W8YCM, is using the call sign 6Y6Y in Negril Jamaica
(NA-0097) through January 2018. Lester is working holiday
style on a number of HF bands. Send QSLs via W8YCM direct
Rich, PA0RRS, is on Penang Island operating as 9M2MRS until
January 31st. Listen for Rich on 40-10
meters using CW, RTTY and PSK. Send QSLs to his home
callsign via ClubLog's OQRS, LoTW or eQSL.
(OHIO PENN DX)
Congrats to Bob on his new boat and business venture, Mud Duck Canal
New England Hams
you might run across on 3864 or 3910.........
K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter
regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT
Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying
planes and playing radio
Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's
the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter
regular, Tech Wizard!!!
of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school
K9AEN-John...Easy going ham
found at all the hamfests
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be
found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna
John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op
....wealth of experience...
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on
the side at Hosstrader's...
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of
guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear
Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master
plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi
talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod,
construction company/ice cream shop, hard working
W1VAK- Ed, Cape
Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a
Jacques Cousteus body guard....
Paul.....3910 test king....testing......always
easy going, kind of like Mr. Rogers until politics
are brought up then watch out...
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for
a bottled gas company-we think he has been around
nitrous oxide to long .
K1PV- Roger....75 meter
regular, easy going guy...
Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts
selling, New England Ham..
Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter
Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired
W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling
and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular
for many years...
Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many
Silent Key:N1WBD- Big
Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group
W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO
Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Loved ham radio........Ham Radio Ambassador!
K1GAR- John- Very colorful
character!......self appointed "hambassador" by
Nice fellow to talk to on 3936 on the early
professional musician, one of the nice guys